The Daily: Barbra Streisand
Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Daily: February 28

Written by Natalie Letch
Lift-off to Mars
Denis Tito, former millionaire rocket scientist, who in 2001 was the first paying tourist to space has revealed that he plans to send a man and a woman on a round trip to Mars in 2018. Funding the mission until December 2014, Tito is hopeful that money deriving from investors, foundations and donations will contribute to raising the rest of the funds needed for the mission; Tito stated "There is no time to lose...Now is the time". The chosen people will be embarking on what, the director of the UK National Space Academy calls, and "A voyage of human discovery [that] would be the most significant journey in the history of our species". The risky mission aims to fly from the US within almost 100 miles of Mars and then returning to Earth within 501 days. Due to the alignment in the sky, the next opportunity will arise in 2031.

Barbra Streisand's New Starring Role
Following her performance at the Oscars, Barbra Streisand is starring in her first leading role in 16 years. The Guilt Trip is a comedy and sees Streisand playing a neurotic widowed mother who frequents singles nights to the embarrassment of her son, actor Seth Rogan. When asked in a recent interview how it feels being back in a leading role, Streisand said it "felt like it was meant for me to come back to work as a star; as a starring role, rather than six days on a movie", as she was in her Fockers roles with Ben Stiller. The interview showed an often private side of Streisand, discussing her marriage and relationship with son, Jason Gould. In reference to her being labelled a 'gay icon', Streisand said that her son sees her "as a mother who touches his hair too much" and that she "loves being an icon to anybody". The Guilt Trip will be screened in cinemas from 8 March.

Back To The Wild
You may have heard in the news a few weeks ago about the sad case of 300 guillemots and razorbills birds that were found on Dorset beaches covered in a mysterious type of oil. The oil which is legally released in the sea is thought to be PIB, a synthetic type of colourless rubber, which proved extremely difficult to remove from the birds. It was confirmed that there are reports of birds being found with the same substance in Belgium. The RSPCA has called for PIB to be reclassified as illegal to ensure this never happen again. Unfortunately, a RSPCA rescue centre manager said that "Just over 100 [of the 300 birds rescued] had to be put to sleep". Yet, on a lighter note, the RSPCA in Taunton have said that are hoping to release 29 of the birds back in to the air from the Portland area today. Let's hope that more of these beautiful birds get released back to where they belong.

Beyonce Targeted By Peta
Grammy winning singer, Beyonce has once come under fire by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for the second time in a matter of weeks. Criticised for her Super Bowl outfit: made from a mixture of python, cow leather and iguana, Beyonce has now been targeted for her custom designed 'kicks' – for the likes of you and I that translates as, wedges/trainers. The Isabel Marant trainers proudly claim they are made from "A hybrid of land and sea skins...Stingray, Ostrich, Calfs fur, Crocodile and Anaconda", the company's tagline is ironically, 'Nothing Is Safe". PETA have since issued a statement vilifying her for her fashion choices demonstrating how such animals suffer for fashion and stated "We think it says a lot about her if she thinks [the kicks] epitomise her 'sweet and fierce persona'". We wonder how long it will be until Beyonce ignites further anger from the animal rights group.

Google Vs Grandparents
The phrase "Google It" has been coined as the modern response to anyone needing an answer for a question. Interestingly, a new survey commissioned by cleaning specialist company, Dr Beckmann, has revealed that grandparents felt that they are "being sidelined by Google, YouTube, Wikipedia and the huge resource of advice available on the internet". Fewer than one in four of grandparents surveyed stated that they had been asked by their grandchildren for advice on sewing or a cooking a family recipe, as they would have done as a child. Susan Fermor of Dr Beckmann suggested that "previous generations of grandparents haven't experience this phenomena because the internet is still very much in its infancy and is less than a generation old in real terms". Perhaps this is an indicator that even though we have information at our fingertips, we should continue to ask our relatives for advice and reinforce to them that their traditional role in family life is still important.

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